Merimbula Rural Fire Service volunteer and RAFT (Remote Area Firefighting Team) member, Nicole Cooper was back in dense terrain again last week continuing working on the containment lines in the Monga National Park.
Ms Cooper and other RAFT members were previously winched into the Deua National Park on Friday October 25 spending several days trying to contain the fire that had started on Tuesday, October 22 following a lightning strike during a dry storm.
When the report first came through about 2.2ha were alight but the fire which became known as the Corn Trail fire, grew to a massive 133ha, 18km north-west of Nelligen.
Ms Cooper returned to Merimbula on Monday, November 4. She said that the teams had been trying to consolidate containment lines and black out hot spots and were hopeful but it was very dependent on conditions.
“Whilst we have it in the box at the moment any weakness in the line could easily result in all the work we have done so far been destroyed,” Ms Cooper said.
The work to contain the fire has been arduous and firefighters are hoping that the containment lines hold so that new lines don’t have to be cut in the extremely steep and densely vegetated terrain.